Admirals Sign Matt White to PTO Contract

(Photo Credit: Lee Calkins //
(Photo Credit: Lee Calkins //

Per ECHL Transactions, the Milwaukee Admirals have signed forward Matt White from the Manchester Monarchs of the ECHL to a PTO contract. This news comes at the midnight hour less than twelve-hours removed from the report that Stevie Moses has been placed on unconditional waivers by the Nashville Predators.

White enters the Admirals locker room having never played a game at the AHL level. His career started with the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League (USHL). In his last season with the Lancers he was named the USA Hockey Junior Player of the Year (2009-10). He played with the Lancers for three-seasons before making the leap up to play at the collegiate level with the University of Nebraska-Omaha. His college playing career also lasted for three-seasons and he would join the Los Angeles Kings ECHL affiliate the Ontario Reign to start his professional playing career as an undrafted free agent signing for the 2013-14 season.

Following White’s first pro playing season he left ECHL hockey and went overseas to play for Olimpija Ljubljana in Austria. That experiment was short lived and he returned back to the Kings’ ECHL affiliate after a less than two-month stay abroad. He’s remained part of the Kings ECHL setup all the way through to this season when the Kings swapped their affiliate’s league standing this summer as part of the AHL Pacific Division movement. His 2015-16 season has been spent with the Manchester Monarchs.

In total, White has 158 games of ECHL experience and produced 139 points (60 goals, 79 assists). His brief professional stint in Austria wasn’t too poor, either. He logged 6 points (2 goals, 4 assists) in 11 games with Olimpija Ljubljana.

White is tied for the fifth most points scored in the ECHL this season with 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) in 19 games for the Monarchs. As far as bringing momentum with him his month of November was terrific. He had only scored an assist in 4 games during October. In a hectic 15 games played in November he picked up the rest of his points total after not scoring in the first game of the month. Quite impressive. The hope now for the Admirals and for White is to have that same level of play spill into the AHL.

Are you surprised or excited that the Milwaukee Admirals have made a PTO signing of someone new rather than a familiar face such as a Zach Budish or a Gary Steffes?

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3 thoughts on “Admirals Sign Matt White to PTO Contract”

  1. I’m fine with not bringing Budish back again. I was never that impressed with him. As for Steffes, one has to look pretty far down the points leaders for the ECHL this season to find his name. His production this season has basically fallen off a cliff. Why not give someone doing well a shot?

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